Revitalizing the Lakota Language, One Student at a Time

St. Joseph’s students study Lakota culture, traditions and language in their Native American Studies class.

Language is a core expression of a people’s existence. It provides identity, conversation and understanding.

However, the Lakota language has been disappearing over the past 400 years, and it is currently considered an endangered language. Continue reading “Revitalizing the Lakota Language, One Student at a Time”

Eighth grade students ventured to Pine Ridge for the opportunity to participate in a Buffalo Harvest.

On a frigid fall morning, St. Joseph’s Indian School’s eighth grade students journeyed to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for an experience many had never had before: a sacred buffalo harvest. Continue reading “Students Learn from the Tatanka at Buffalo Harvest”

GOTCHA! St. Joseph’s Rewards Students ‘Caught Doing Something Good!’

Students at SJIS are rewarded for doing good deeds for others.

Doing the right thing has its rewards – just ask St. Joseph’s Indian School students who are “Caught Doing Something Good!”

As students go about their school days, they have opportunities to help their peers and teachers. Whether that’s holding the door open for someone, standing up for a classmate, or assisting someone who is hurt – the opportunities to do the right thing are endless.

To reward students who strive to do good Continue reading “GOTCHA! St. Joseph’s Rewards Students ‘Caught Doing Something Good!’”

Instilling Students with a Heart for Giving

St. Joseph’s high school girls showed love to the elderly with a visit to a local retirement center.

Our Native American students enjoy living on St. Joseph’s Indian School’s campus, but every now and then a change of scenery is needed.

The high school girls in the Giles Home recently enjoyed an outing to the Regency Retirement Center in Chamberlain, S.D., to spend time with its elderly residents.

Continue reading “Instilling Students with a Heart for Giving”

Authors, Stories & Pirates: Students Loved Attending the SD Festival of Books

St. Joseph’s Indian School students recently attended the SD Festival of Books.

Story by Kim Bartling

“In sharing the journey of life, travel with the humble person on the quiet path.”

– Joseph M. Marshall III The Lakota Way; Stories and Lessons for Living

Marshall was just one of the many authors/presenters at the 2018 South Dakota Festival of Books which was held in Sioux Falls and Brookings September 21-23. During his presentation, entitled, “‘Indians’ vs. Indians: Writing the Truth,” the truth that hope comes in the form of children was shown in the 12 students from St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D. Continue reading “Authors, Stories & Pirates: Students Loved Attending the SD Festival of Books”

GreatNonprofits names St. Joseph’s “Top-Rated Charity” once again

St. Joseph’s Indian School has been named a 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.

Thanks to reviews from our supporters, we have been named a “2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit” again! The designation comes from GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits. Continue reading “GreatNonprofits names St. Joseph’s “Top-Rated Charity” once again”

St. Joseph’s Sister Organization, Native Hope, Receives Award for Work in Social Justice

Native Hope is the first recipient of the Johnny Klingler Social Action Award.

St. Joseph’s Indian School is proud to congratulate Native Hope, our sister organization, on being the first recipient of the Johnny Klingler Social Action Award. The award was given by the Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Commission through the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Sister Organization, Native Hope, Receives Award for Work in Social Justice”

We Asked, They Answered: Parents Voice Why They Choose St. Joseph’s

Listen to parents and guardians tell why they’ve chosen St. Joseph’s Indian School for their kids in this video.

If you were unable to care for your child who was being tempted by peers and community influences to do drugs and alcohol or join a gang, where would you turn? Continue reading “We Asked, They Answered: Parents Voice Why They Choose St. Joseph’s”

The Perfect Team: Joseph Marshall educates SJIS students, staff on Lakota archery

SJIS students received a lesson in traditional Lakota archery on Native American Day, Oct. 8.

You might not expect that a room filled with young children could possibly be described as quiet. However, as Joseph Marshall III stood before them to teach traditional Lakota archery, the room suddenly became very still. Continue reading “The Perfect Team: Joseph Marshall educates SJIS students, staff on Lakota archery”

Co-Pilot Program Navigates New Students in the Right Direction

New students at St. Joseph’s Indian School are paired with a returning student to help ease the transition that comes with starting at a new school.

Imagine you’re 8-years-old arriving at a brand new school with hundreds of other boys and girls you’ve never met before. You’re miles from home and everything is new.

How would that make you feel? Maybe a little nervous? A little lost? Continue reading “Co-Pilot Program Navigates New Students in the Right Direction”